Thirsty Thursday: Fig and Fennel Infused Vodka with Rosemary
MUSIC PAIRING: Carole King, The Ode Collection
Making cocktails at home is such fun! It makes me feel like I’m a very composed individual when I can either create or make a stunning cocktail instead of order one in a bar. For the plethora of trends that come and go, I’m personally all kinds of happy about this speakeasy world we live in these days. The drinks, aesthetic, infused bitters, homemade tonics and sodas, the beards…oh my, the beards. I’m a sucker for all of it. I’m also an amateur whiskey enthusiast so that being such a big part of this trend right now gets me excited about trying all kinds of new things that I never would have in the past.
We’re not talking about whiskey today, though. We’re talking about vodka that’s been infused with Fall by way of figs, fennel and rosemary. I read a lot of recipes, folks. Most of you probably do the same thing as me. You constantly print or save or dog-ear recipes from everywhere and you get to making maybe 1/4 of them in your lifetime. I’m trying hard these days to actually make the recipes that jump out at me instead of just save them. When I saw this vodka recipe, I didn’t hesitate to march my buns to the store and get what I needed.
You do need a week for this vodka to infuse so keep that in mind if you’re wanting it for something specific. It couldn’t possibly be easier to make and holy moly, is it tasty. The natural sweetness from the figs boldly comes out here so be careful if you’re adding any sweet mixers.
I did add a small twist. I made a rosemary simple syrup which, if I’m being honest, did not do what I hoped it would here. I underestimated the sweetness that the figs would provide so, while the rosemary part of the simple syrup was awesome, it was just too sweet for my liking with this particular vodka. I kept it in the recipe for you though just in case you’re a “the sweeter, the better” person. If you are, then definitely incorporate the simple syrup because I thought it was awesome here. Next time, I might just add a few rosemary sprigs in with the fig and fennel as the vodka infuses.
You could easily sip on this straight over ice but I added a splash of club soda for a little body. Deeeee-lish.
Why Carole King? I happen to think Carole King is one of the loveliest, smartest, suavest ladies in music. Her songs are meaningful, sensual and, even though she’s written a trillion songs for others to sing, her voice is like a lullaby for my eardrums much like this cocktail is a lullaby for my palate.
Recipe adapted from: Food and Wine
- 18 ounces vodka (I used Grey Goose)
- 1/2 pound dried Black Mission figs, quartered
- 1 small fennel bulb, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 4 large sprigs fresh rosemary
- Fresh rosemary sprigs and fresh or dried figs to garnish (I used dried and halved them)
- Club soda
- In an airtight container, combine the vodka, dried figs and fennel. Cover and refrigerate for a week. Shake the container each day.
- In a small saucepan, bring sugar, water and rosemary sprigs to a simmer until sugar is dissolved. Set aside off the heat and allow to steep until cool. Discard rosemary.
- Strain the infused vodka through a very fine strainer when ready to pour and serve. Pour desired amount over ice, top with a splash of simple syrup and club soda. Garnish with fresh rosemary and half of a fig.
- Any time you work with fresh herbs in things like simple syrup or oil, store in the fridge. This syrup keeps well for about a week.